The Lab

The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Muted Cinema: A Maya Deren Tribute

$15 General Admission / $12 for Members of The Lab
SOLD OUT - 25 standing room only tickets will be released at 7:15pm

Muted Cinema is a roving sound and film series. Bringing together distinctive sounds from different sonic subcultures, selected silent/muted films are presented with live scores performed by ensembles and projects of the experimental, chamber, electronic, and improvisational genres of the Bay Area’s vibrant avant-garde scenes.

An influential figure of avant-garde independent experimental cinema, Maya Deren (1917, Kiev, Ukraine - 1961, New York, US) explored identities, desires, and movements through a radical spatialization of the filmic language. Forming linear motions through non-linear spaces, Deren orchestrated with her evocative splices of celluloid to articulate the polarity of sameness and difference.

"...Never sacrificed visual drama and beauty to a stream of words...to the relentless activity and explanations of a plot..."

The dream-like states. Shadows, mirrors, self/other. The spectral lens of Maya Deren will be (re)visited through the prism of sonic responses.

Organized by Jeanie Aprille Tang + Andrej Hronco

Featured performers:

I. MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON (1943)
sound by IMA
Jeanie Aprille Tang (electronics)
Nava Dunkelman (percussion)

II. AT LAND (1944)
sound by Dominic Cramp
Dominic Cramp (electronics)

YSAŸE’S SONATA FOR SOLO VIOLIN No.3 in D minor ‘Ballades’, Op.27
Elzbieta Polak (violin)

III. RITUAL IN TRANSFIGURED TIME (1946)
sound by That Hideous Strength
Benjamin Ethan Tinker (Arp 2600)
Tania Chen (objects, keyboards)
David Cuetter (pedal steel & theremin)
Bruce Ackley (sax)
Andy Strain (trombone)
Josephine Torio (hammer dulcimer & voice)

IV. THE VERY EYE OF THE NIGHT (1959)
sound by Portrait Maker
Roger Kim (banjo/guitar/composition)
Marica Petrey (vocals)
Andrea Wang (vocals)
Daniel Brown (cello)

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